Before 10-year-old Kelly Wright killed herself, there was no warning, says her father, Stuart Wright. The bubbly child who loved to draw, hike and go canoeing was showing her parents dance moves the night before she died, Mr. Wright says.
Kelly didn’t seem sad or withdrawn; she excelled in school and made friends easily. And Mr. Wright couldn’t imagine that a 10-year-old could even consider suicide. “I’m never going to make any sense of it,” said Mr. Wright, 63, who was living near Tampa, Fla., at the time of his daughter’s death in January 2020.
The number of children dying by suicide has risen dramatically in recent years. Parents often don’t know that their children are having suicidal thoughts, new research shows. Among females ages 10 to 14, the rate of suicide more than tripled between 2007 and 2020, from 0.5 per 100,000 to 2 per 100,000 according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Among males the same age, the rate jumped from 1.2 per 100,000 to 3.6 per 100,000 over the same period.
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